During socialist era, Yugoslavia belonged to the most successful countries of the eastern bloc. Bosnia in its heart played important role as a centre of chemistry and heavy industry, including arms production. Industrial pollution remains till nowadays. At the same time, Bosnia belongs to the countries with the richest biodiversity in Europe. It is now threatened by of commercial interests.
We help to identify serious environmental issues, suggest their solutions and support civil society to enforce the right to live healthy environment.
No robbery, save the rivers!
Bosnia is unique with number of unregulated rivers providing habitat for endemic plants and animals. These jewels of nature are threatened by uncontrolled boom of hydropower plants – hundreds projects are under preparation. It is officially argued by the need to shift to green energy, which makes a sense in a country that depends on the burning of coal. However, increase in the risk of floods, irreversible devastation of nature and damaging tourism are neglected. The robbery of natural treasures affects dozens of local communities. Some of them already raised – we support these River Keepers.
Fight for clean air
Pollution of the air by chimneys of numerous factories is one of the major problems of central Bosnia – tens thousands people suffer. Owners do not invest enough in advanced technologies and keep making their profit on outdated metallurgical and chemical industry plants, or power stations. While the air pollution is visible and serious, the pollution victims do not have enough power to defend themselves. One of the largest polluters is ArcelorMittal steelworks in Zenica, failing to meet environmental standards – in this case we revealed contamination of foodstuff and supported submission of criminal charges.
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The space for civil society is furtherly shrinking: Too many states do not respect the environmental democracy principles
No new small hydropower plants without citizens' consent: Centar Sarajevo is the tenth signatory of Dams-free municipalities
After ten years of promises, the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina still don't tell the people who pollutes the air in their towns
Amending the concessions laws could prevent the construction of more than 150 harmful hydropower plants, call environmental NGOs
The story of garbage in Bosnia-Herzegovina's rivers seems to be endless. Within few days, volunteers collected more than two hundred bags of trash
Initiatives will detect river pollution from a landfill in Mostar and defend against hydropower plants on the Neretvica
Woman attacked for protecting the River Kruščica. “The violence against activists has to be investigated,” calls Arnika
Environmental destruction in times of coronavirus: a new study brings cases from Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia to light
More encouragement for those protecting rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina: new grant program offers financial support to local civic initiatives
Let’s stand against the boom of harmful hydropower plants in Bosnia and Herzegovina! Dams-Free Municipalities Initiative wants to save the rivers
Having fun while caring about rivers – despite the weather and COVID-19, people across Bosnia and Herzegovina joined the Big Jump
5 to 12 in river protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Let's make a Big Jump into them before it gets too late
Fundamental reversal: the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to ban construction of small hydropower plants
Protecting the environment, preventing conflicts. Bosnia and Herzegovina to receive a new online alerting service made by NGOs
International Day of Actions for Rivers: Stopping subsidies for small hydropower plants is crucial for saving the last untouched European Rivers
Declaration for the protection of Western Balkans Rivers demands the moratorium on construction of hydropower plants
Lethal air pollution with no responsibility. The people of Bosnia and Herzegovina lack information and efficient protection by law
Environmental organizations from Western Balkans against the construction of small hydropower plants on the Balkan rivers
Air pollution: Governments and cities have to do more, agreed the participants of the international conference
European study exposing toxic e-waste chemicals in children’s products spurs calls for policy to end recycling exemptions for hazardous waste
Shrinking space for civic society: Public participation in decision-making on environment deteriorates
The police violence in Kruscica investigated by the ombudsmen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, non-governmental organizations call for the attention of international bodies
Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina gain new guidebook for participation in decision making on environment
The coalition for river protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina is starting the campaign against hydropower plants
Institution are giving advantage to the private and not the public interest – Zoning plan of a special purpose area “Ada”
Biggest polluters of Bosnia and Herzegovina: ArcelorMittal steelworks and Elektroprivreda power stations
New International Report reveals Link between Bosnian Heavy Industry and the Contamination of Foodstuffs
Eko Forum Zenica filed criminal charges against ArcelorMittal and state officials for catastrophic pollution
"It's not our trash, but it's our rivers" - series of river-cleaning events in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Environmental democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Aarhus Convention shadow implementation report 2021
Access to Information and Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in Bosnia and Herzegovina